Ubumanzi Game Trails – South Africa

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This trail will really test your fitness, but offe

Money Manoeuvers in West Africa

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It’s not just mosquitoes that suck your blood West Africa Most of these countries are ex-French colonies, and with Equatorial Guinea (ex-Spanish) they all (except Mauritania and Guinea-Conakry) use the Communaute Financiere Africaine (CFA) Franc, called the “ceefa” and pegged at CFA100 = FFr1, which is especially convenient for the French, and profitable for their […]

Johannesburg, South Africa – July 1999

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The election is over, the ANC won, (mostly) and we have a new president. The election was, in a word, boring. It’s so WEIRD! The really cool bit is that it makes a lie of “One man, one vote, ONCE!” It’s hopefully an indicator to some people to the North of how it’s SUPPOSED to […]

Durban, South Africa – July 1999

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Geography It is situated North of Cape Town, and South of Cairo, East of the Drakensberg and well West of Perth. It also has much better weather than all the above.. It is a real mix of English, Afrikaans, African, and Indian culture, with their unique histories apparent wherever you turn. Check out this site […]

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Kruger National Park is teeming with wildlife and

Kenya – May 1999

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I am always intrigued by the travel guides referrals to various lakes in the Rift Valley as being ‘the best’ lake to see flamingoes. There is no best spot because the flamingoes migrate up and down the Rift soda lakes continuously, depending on how the weather has affected the lakes over the previous few months. […]

Johannesburg, South Africa May 1999

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Generally speaking, Backpackers only stop in Johannesburg because they HAVE to! (It’s a long haul from Harare to Cape Town.) Fairly recently, a reporter approached one of the Tourist Bureaux, and asked what there was to see. The reply was fairly typical: “Well….there’s Eastgate…” Eastgate is a Shopping Mall. Johannesburg has got to be one […]

Cape Town, South Africa – May 1999

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I had a lot of misconceptions about Cape Town. I imagined a dusty, dry place, dotted with big game reserves and ghettoes housing poor “Blacks”. I thought the “Whites” would be the most boorish, racist, unsophisticated lugs imaginable, and that nightlife would be reduced to chugging a few brews and munching some Boerwurst sausage. I […]